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Locally grown food is safer

The contaminated Chinese protein powder that has sickened some 17,000 American dogs and cats has now turned up in the human food supply. The U.S. Department of Agriculture admits that 6,000 pigs and more than 2.5 million broiler chickens were sold for human consumption after being fed contaminated pet food.

This was a disaster waiting to happen. After all, animal feed mills are generally regarded as dumping grounds for all kinds of waste materials. Why the fuss about some slightly toxic Chinese protein powder?

Our government and agribusiness will not protect our food supply, but we can. By purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables grown close to home — at farmers markets and local food co-ops. By avoiding garbage-fed meat and dairy products.

Bryce Newman

Rochester

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